Assisted embryo hatching
FAQ On Assisted Hatching
Why is assisted hatching needed & what are the indication for its usage?
- The use for assisted hatching arises when the following indications are seen in IVF cases:
- Age factor- couples having IVF with female partners age over 37
- Egg quantity & quality factor – couples in which the female’s day 3 follicle stimulating hormone level is elevated.
- Embryo quality factor – couples having IVF with poor quality embryos(excessive fragmentation or slow rates of cell division)
- Zona factor – Couples having IVF with embryos that have a thick outer shell(zona pellucida)
Previous failure – couples having repeated IVF failure.
How assisted hatching performed?
- Assisted hatching is a technique which is used in IVF. It involves thinning the coat surrounding a fertilized egg or making a hole in it. This may improve the chances of the embryo getting implanted into the uterus.
- The most commonly used assisted hatching method is laser assisted hatching. In this method small holes are made in the zona using a micromanipulator.
Advantages of the assisted hatching procedure?
- Many couples elect to pursue assisted hatching during their IVF procedures. This is because the technique is associated with some benefit following:
- Fewer embryos required for transfer.
- Increased implantation success rates.
- Allow for blastocyst culture.
How is assisted hatching done by using laser light?